Quill and Quire

Research & Communications Manager

Association of Canadian Publishers Published: June 8, 2021
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The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is the national voice of Canadian-owned English-language book publishers, representing 115 independent companies across Canada. Through collective work, we advocate and collaborate to create the conditions for Canadian-owned book publishers’ economic and cultural success. We work to help our members build the audience share for Canadian-authored and Canadian-published books in Canadian bookstores, libraries, educational institutions, and homes, and around the world.

ACP is seeking a Research & Communications Manager, who will report to the Executive Director and work closely with all other ACP staff. This is a new position and an exciting opportunity for a motivated candidate interested in contributing to advancing ACP’s strategic priorities.

The position is full-time with a comprehensive benefits package provided through the Book and Periodical Council.

Until further notice, ACP’s office is operating remotely in light of COVID-19. Though it is preferred that the successful candidate join us in ACP’s downtown Toronto office when in-person work resumes, remote working arrangements from within Canada can be accommodated.


1. Communications

  • Corporate & membership communications, including maintaining ACP’s website and social media accounts; editing and production of ACP’s annual report book; editing the association’s bi-weekly Update newsletter; supporting other ACP staff as required to develop membership communications pieces.
  • Advocacy, including supporting the Executive Director in drafting government briefs and submissions; drafting correspondence to elected and other government officials; creating information pieces and leave-behind documents; preparing background notes for advocacy meetings and Parliamentary committee appearances; maintaining MP network databases; in collaboration with ACP’s Ottawa advisor, providing logistical support for ACP lobbying initiatives.
  • Media relations, including drafting press releases; preparing background and speaking notes for Executive Director and other association spokespeople; supporting the Executive Director in drafting op-eds or other statements; maintaining ACP’s media contact lists.

2. Research 

  • Industry research, including working with other ACP staff to develop and implement industry research initiatives; aggregating industry data to support ACP advocacy and related initiatives; developing partnerships with other organizations to minimize duplication of research efforts across organizations and maximize use of ACP resources.
  • Membership research, including collaborating with other ACP staff to design membership surveys as required, analyzing results, and presenting findings in compelling and effective ways; participating in ACP committees and supporting other ACP staff in research initiatives that emerge.


  • Superior communication skills, including excellent copy writing and proofreading ability;
  • Experience in compiling, organizing, and analyzing data;
  • Knowledge of social media strategy, best practices, and implementation;
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • High professional standards, diplomacy and sound judgement;
  • Demonstrated capacity for time management, organization, and attention to detail;
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, WordPress, MailChimp; experience with GSuite is an asset;
  • Keen interest in Canadian publishing and cultural policy,
  • University degree and some post-secondary education in book publishing, arts management, public relations, communications or public policy an asset, and/or at least three years of related work experience;
  • Experience working for a non-profit, arts, or creative industries organization is an asset;
  • Proficiency in French is an asset.

The annual salary range for this position is $45,000 - $53,000.

Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter, résumé, and a recent professional writing sample in a single PDF document to Kate Edwards, Executive Director, kate_edwards@canbook.org, by 5:00 pm EDT on June 30, 2021. Online interviews will be scheduled in July, with a target start-date of August 16, 2021.

ACP is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from candidates who are members of underserved and underrepresented communities, including BIPOC, LGBTQ2+, people living with dis/ability, and others.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but regret that we are unable to acknowledge receipt of applications. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.